Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

In my Comic Box Recap article series, I want to talk about each of the comics that I read from my subscriptions that week. I don’t always read all the comics I order, because I’m only collecting some of them. Others are ones I may have started reading, but lost interest in but I still order them. You never know when you may want to go back and revisit a series at a later date.

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Marvel
Doctor Strange #15

It’s yet another galaxy-ending event issue. I don’t mind a good apocalyptic story, but this one has gone on for several issues now and I really want Strange to get back to dealing with everyday bad folks – not just the galactic bad folks. I found it funny that the Living Tribunal and Eternity spun Strange’s arguments against him. And it was nice to see all the backup that finally arrived in the last few panels. I’m still not convinced that they can defeat Galactus. I think there’s going to be some divine intervention from Living Tribunal or Eternity – or some other all-mighty, older than the universe, entity.

As much as I’d love to see Strange and Clea re-marry, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think they function better as an occasional team-up and not a permanent duo. And that’s because Strange’s ego will ruin it, so it’s better for the two of them to remain separate and work together on occasion. Being away from her and then reuniting occasionally is humbling for him and he needs that.

I know that I complain about galaxy-ending events popping up all the time, but luckily we don’t have the issue of a power-up, power creep like most anime and manga do. The hero levels up to beat the big bad, then another big bad is suddenly alerted to the power creep and so they come to investigate or eliminate the potential threat. This leads to the hero needing to level up once more and the cycle repeats itself. For as much as I love DBZ and Bleach, I wish the power creep wasn’t present. We (hopefully) won’t have to worry about Strange becoming the Super Mega Sorcerer Supreme Exponential God-Mode Deity Doctor Strange – He’ll always be Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme of Earth.

Fantastic Four #11

Fantastic Four is always a great read for anyone looking for a family oriented and wholesome morals type book. In this issue, Reed and Sue are approached by the DEMV and informed that Val and Franklin will have to take driver tests if they want to legally drive any of the Fantastic Four’s vehicles. The children object, but Reed reminds them that the Fantastic Four doesn’t break the law. Now, I feel like that statement may be tested in a future issue, but it definitely sends the right kind of message to the readers.

I figured that Val would be the one to fail and Franklin would pass the driver test, because he needed a confidence boost. What better way to do that than to let him be better at something than Val. He also single handedly stopped the big bad in this issue and he did it with reverse psychology instead of beating her up. This was a wonderful book for Franklin and I hope that he gets his emotions in order and resolves some of his angst after all his successes.

Absolute Comics Group
White Widow #2

Just like Section Zero, White Widow is another of what I call a ‘new 90’s’ comic. These type of books feel like they came straight from the supermarket rack in the 90’s. Their stories are over the top but fun and entertaining. The art is reminiscent of the 90’s style artwork too, which is some of my favorite art. I guess you could say that I’m a sucker for these type of books.

White Widow’s origin isn’t really ‘original’, but it’s still a good origin. I can’t think of any other character with the exact same origin, but it reflects a few various origins. As a baby, she had a crippling, terminal disease and her genius scientist mother spliced her genes with a white widow spider for its regenerative ability. That worked until recently (as an adult) when the disease started to overwhelm her spider genes and so her genius scientist father added nanotech to the mix. We end up with a woman who can cover herself, at will, with a metallic silk like material and make it appear however she wants. It also acts like a weapon, becoming razor sharp talons or whip like strands.

Her first super powered villain encounter is against a woman called Pulse, who can make EMP’s that almost fry White Widow’s nanotech. Pulse has that EMP gimmick, but White Widow was able to outrun it and get the drop on her. I like the dynamic that’s forming between those two – kind of like a nemesis or rival dynamic. I hope it’s something that the writers pursue and capitalize on.

Conclusion

Three really good stories, even if one was a typical galaxy-ending story. I still enjoyed Doctor Strange and there is still at least one more galaxy-ending issue, but I hope that’s it. I really want to get back to the small time baddies. Fantastic Four was fun, as always and White Widow is just a great way for me to scratch my 90’s itch with a brand new book.

What are you reading?
Is there a series I should be reading?
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